Ready, aim, fire!

Story by Lt. j.g Ryan Fox  It’s not often that Coasties have an opportunity to fire deck-mounted machine guns on land, but that’s exactly what the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Halibut did in late January during their semi-annual gunnery […]

An aviation survival technician practices hoisting manuevers beneath a Coast Guard helicopter. (Coast Guard photo)

A night like any other

Story by Lt. Jesse Keyser, edited by Public Affairs Specialist Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie  The night of July 30, 2013, was a night like any in the San Francisco Bay Area – foggy, with a high probability of […]


CGC Aspen – Multi-mission, multi-talented

 Story by Lt. Cmdr. Tom D’Arcy After netting a $2.4 million drug smuggling bust on their latest patrol, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Aspen, homeported in San Francisco, Calif., continues to demonstrate versatility and commitment to keeping California’s […]


Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach Boarding Team – Leading the way

Story by Lt. j.g. Lauren Gonzales “Every time I would look at the cameras after a call for assistance …I saw a group of Coasties, the Blue Mist, sprinting to help.“ -Jim McDonnell, Chief of the Long Beach Police Department, referring […]


Remembering the Fallen

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie On Tuesday, October, 29, 2013, Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento held a remembrance ceremony to honor the flight crews of Coast Guard C-130 1705, and Vengeance 38, a Marine Corps AH-IW Cobra […]

47 in Surf

BM2 Victoria Taylor – the Coast Guard’s newest Surfman

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie Victoria Taylor, a Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class from Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay, was recently designated a Coast Guard Surfman, the highest qualification a coxswain (small-boat driver) can achieve in the Coast […]

Smith River Rescue

Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay – Then and Now

Story by Lt. Taylor Andrews  The Coast Guard Air Station responsible for the northern coast of California was established in the 1970s, but the airport’s history dates back to the early 1940s. In 1943, the U.S. Navy acquired land in […]


Panic under pressure – my first SAR case

Story by Seaman Marina Rodriguez  Edited by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie I was new to Station Bodega Bay and still breaking in as a boat crewman, so everything was a new experience to me. And now, the hair […]

A 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from U.S. Coast Guard Station San Diego transits in San Diego Bay. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Henry G. Dunphy.

Standing the watch in “America’s Finest City”

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class William Pless, edited by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Gawrelli   Known for its beautiful, sandy beaches, year-round mild, sunny weather and countless activities and attractions, San Diego is home to more than 3.1 million residents and […]

SN Johnson working on his recertification as cutter swimmer. Photo by: Petty Officer 2nd Class Seth Novassio

CGC Blacktip’s newest arrivals

By Senior Chief Petty Officer Gregory Simcic Two new Seamen, Luis Bautista and James Johnson, arrived aboard Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip this summer with limited knowledge of the challenges of an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat. That unfamiliarity was short-lived as […]

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